With the Team USA tryouts and scrimmage over, it’s safe to say that Derrick Rose isn’t just back. He’s back with a vengeance. People have knocked on Rose these past couple seasons, but from what he’s shown he’s more confident than ever and ready to shut everybody up who says he isn’t capable of playing “elite” basketball anymore.
Not only does he look back to being D Rose, it looks like he will be a better all-around player, capable of another MVP-caliber season.
We saw during the scrimmage that Rose’s explosiveness is back. When he came back last year, he never looked like the same Derrick Rose. The ability to jump after an ACL surgery is harder to do than run after that surgery, certain thing called gravity gets in the way. That part of his game looks to be back.
Now imagine combining that with the new additions of Doug McDermott, Pau Gasol, and Nikola Mirotic. Add the improvements of Taj Gibson, Joakim Noah, Jimmy Butler, and Tony Snell; Rose will have the opportunity to improve upon his MVP stats because this team is far better than that 2010-2011 team.
Just to refresh your memory, that team had Keith Bogans, Ronnie Brewer, and Kyle Korver rotating in at shooting guard.
He will have more chances off the ball to score because of the ball handing skills of Noah and Gasol. More chances to increase his assists with more shooters, scorers and skilled basketball players around him than ever before.
Combine all these parts and it will make it an overall easier time out on the court for him to do what he does best; which is leading the Chicago Bulls to victory, playing MVP-caliber basketball and hopefully bringing a NBA title back home to the City of Chicago.